how to make a corsage

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There are a lot of decorative products out there that can add sparkle and touches of sophisticated elegance to any corsage or boutonniere.

In fact, it is usually the additional of of flower jewels or a few wraps of decorative wire that allows florists charge top dollar for their corsage and boutonnieres.

I provide you links to  flower jewelry, pearl pins, colored wire and other "special" decorative accents that entitle flower shops to "upgrade" their prices.

Colored wire has become very popular and is available in the finest and thinnest flexible wire to wider (and flatter!) selections!

Scored wire is called "Diamond Wire" and adds extra shine and sparkle to flower designs.

Corsage ribbon adds a lot to the design element.  For gluing purposes, I'm going to create links to be glued in rather than one large bow for the bottom.

Fold a ribbon over into a loop and then have a tail come up off the back.  Snip with sharp scissors on a diagonal cut.

I'm going to use a quick twist of the beaded pearl wire to both secure the bottom of the ribbon loop and add in a design element at the same time.

Give a couple of twists at the bottom of the ribbon loop with a short length of the beaded wire.

When finished, I form the wire itself into a loop with the pearls showing as part of the design.

After I create several of these, I will glue them into place when I begin my corsage assembly.

Create several loops and set them aside for use later.  You can always snip the tails to a shorter length once glued into the corsage if needed.

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